A few weeks ago I was browsing my Facebook feed when something caught my eye. Yuri, who writes Chef Pandita posted a link to a gourmet lollipop shop that sells many unusual flavors - including a Sriracha pop!
Like! I clicked. "I would totally try this!" I commented, to which she replied "You should come up with a recipe and blog about it, why not?!" I declared her a genius and got out my recipe journal.
For those unfamiliar, Sriracha is a delicious sweet-hot chili sauce that is (in my opinion) highly addictive. I've always thought it could improve the flavor of just about anything, but I wasn't sure how it would translate into candy.
I gave it a try in spite of my doubts. The first batch failed because I used too much sauce. The candy didn't harden properly and when I tasted it my eyes watered. Definitely too much!
I was more conservative the second time around and struck a nice balance between sweet and hot. It's just hot enough to make your tongue tingle and has the recognizable flavor of the beloved rooster sauce.
One thing I'd like to address about making hard candy - you must have good candy thermometer. The last time I posted lollipops, so many people had burned candy it made me question my recipe. I even took the recipe down from the site until I had made it three more times successfully. For this reason I'm including a few important tips.
Check the accuracy of your thermometer - You can check your candy thermometer accuracy by placing it in water and bringing the water to a boil. The thermometer should read 212° F, if the reading is higher or lower, take the difference into account when testing the temperature of your sugar syrup.
- For those unfamiliar, Sriracha is a delicious sweet-hot chili sauce that is (in my opinion) highly addictive. I've always thought it could improve the flavor of just about anything, but I wasn't sure how it would translate into candy.
- Plan ahead - have candy molds, spoons, pot holders, and other tools ready to hand. You must work quickly and efficiently when working with hard candy. Being organized will also help decrease the risk of burning your candy -and yourself!